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Spot Colors

In certain programs, like Adobe Illustrator, selecting “spot colors” is possible. Printing a true spot color involves blending various liquid inks and printing the pre-mixed ink. In digital printing, tiny colored dots are “mixed” to approximate the appearance of a spot color. While the process is highly accurate for most spot colors, it’s not flawless, and a physical proof is recommended for color-sensitive projects.

Pantone® Colors: Pantone colors, denoted by a specific number as their Pantone “name,” are the industry standard and the most common type of spot color. For instance, Pantone 286 C represents a distinct deep indigo blue. Printers typically possess Pantone Color books with over 1,000 color choices to aid customers in defining specific colors. Whenever possible, it’s advisable to specify Pantone Coated (C) colors.

Color Matching: Customers often send us their product or a piece of it for color matching at an additional fee. This process can involve hours of extra press time, multiple rounds of printing and doming, all under controlled lighting conditions, to achieve the closest match. To bypass the inconvenience of sending physical products, you can specify a Pantone number for us to match.

For color-critical projects, ordering a physical proof is recommended to precisely assess the finished color’s appearance when done.